The University of Washington men’s hockey team concluded their 2009-2010 season on Saturday as the runner-up at the Pac-8 Tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
Making the league championship game for the second year in a row, the Huskies lost in heartbreaking fashion to USC by a score of 5-4.
In a game defined by momentum, the Dawgs led 3-2 after two periods, but were outscored 3-1 in a frantic final frame. The Trojans tapped in the winning goal with just 12 seconds remaining in the contest.
For those of you Husky fans frustrated by the basketball team’s lack of heart in recent games, allow me to recommend a group of UW students that wear their hearts on baggy, oversized sleeves: the Husky hockey team.
If Lorenzo Romar is looking to breathe life into his struggling ballclub, maybe he should send his players to watch their ice skating classmates in action. These guys play for pride and little else, paying their own fees, raising their own funds, and relentlessly going balls to the wall for nothing but the “Washington” on the front of their jersey.
When the Seattle Thunderbirds moved to Kent, one thought crossed my mind: Really? Kent? Let me ask you a question, Thunderbirds. If you were forced to drop “Seattle” from your name and become the Kent Thunderbirds, would you have relocated then? You can dodge the question all you want, but we already know the answer.
Then you have the Everett Silvertips. Let’s be honest. If we wanted to hang out with people who let their children run wild until it comes time to beat them publicly, we’d just go to Wal-Mart. It’s cheaper, and the snacks are better.
If you’re a Husky fan and you’re looking for something to do this weekend, don’t worry, you have plenty of options.
Beginning tonight, University of Washington athletics will be well represented locally and nationally and you can be a part of the action.
Here’s a chronological breakdown of this weekend’s purple and gold events schedule.
6:00 PM – The fourth-ranked UW women’s volleyball team (15-1 overall, 5-1 league) takes on conference rival UCLA at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The 12th-ranked Bruins are 0-5 in their past five meetings against the Huskies.
Admit it, you have a soft spot for The Mighty Ducks. As a kid in the mid-’90s, you made your parents buy you roller blades, a hockey stick, and a street puck.
You hit the pavement and practiced your Russ Tyler knucklepuck for hours on end, trying and failing to master the float-like-a-butterfly-sting-like-a-bee movement of Kenan Thompson’s CGI-enhanced supermove.
You rounded up all the kids in the neighborhood and practiced the Flying V, achieving more of a saggy “U,” but nonetheless forming a discernable letter in the alphabet.
You even practiced mock fights, grabbing your buddy’s jersey, pulling it over his head, and punching him in the face (softly), a la Kenny Wu.
It was all in good fun, but you lost the hockey bug by the time the decade was over. Outside of a little Xbox NHL here and there, your hockey days were behind you. Until now.